The New England Patriots barely missed a beat when Tom Brady served his monthlong Deflategate suspension, going 3-1 and keeping up with the undefeated Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos.Trevor Siemian, the 250th overall draft pick in 2015, outdueled a trio of top overall selections in Cam Newton, Andrew Luck and Jameis Winston during a magnificent first month as Peyton Mannings surprise successor.Then, reality hit -- along with Buccaneers defensive tackle Clinton McDonald .He flung Siemian to the turf, bruising his left shoulder, the first in a string of injuries that have sidelined the likes of DeMarcus Ware, C.J. Anderson, Aqib Talib and Derek Wolfe while helping to break the Broncos stranglehold on the AFC West.With an anemic offense and a depleted defense, the Broncos (6-3) are looking up at not only the Patriots (7-1) in the AFC but two teams in their own division. The resurgent Raiders (7-2) and the Chiefs (6-2) are ahead of them in the AFC West, which the Broncos have owned since Tim Tebow was running the read-option and not the bases.Weve just got to find a way to stay on the damn field, said coach Gary Kubiak, whose team leads the league in three-and-outs, putting a back-breaking strain on its dazzling defense.Behind Derek Carr and Khalil Mack, the Raiders are seeking their first playoff berth since 2002, and their 30-20 drubbing of Denver on Sunday was their biggest win in more than a decade.We know we cant look at this game as something thats going to define us or define the season, running back Latavius Murray said after running for three touchdowns and half of Oaklands 218 rushing yards.By dominating the trenches and controlling the clock for 41:28, the Raiders were able to expose a weakness in Denvers otherwise stellar defense.Thats something that we have to fix, cornerback Chris Harris Jr. said. Its been leaky pretty much all season. So we have to figure that out and really put an emphasis on that, and get back to doing what we do.The Raiders wont get caught up in their first-half success because they know holding off the Chiefs, who have won 10 consecutive home games , and Broncos, who have won five divisional titles in a row , wont be easy.Plus, New England is clearly the class of the conference now that Manning is pitching products instead of pigskins.Brady is back and better than ever.The Patriots, who visit Denver on Dec 18, are 4-0 with him back under center.At age 39, that speed bump year when most elite QBs have either traded in two-minute drills for 30-second spots or are just trying not to tarnish their legacy, Brady has thrown for a dozen TDs and not a single interception in four games.His completion rate of 73.1 percent is nearly 10 points above his career average, and his passer rating of 133.9 would be a career high if he can maintain this pace over the second half.Brady is two wins shy of Brett Favres 199 career victories and three wins shy of Mannings record 200 wins, a mark the five-time MVP set when the Broncos won Super Bowl 50.Its pretty early, so, theres a long way to go, Brady said. Seven wins, its a good place, I think decent position. But coach always says `Seven wins wont get you anything in this league. Hes right. Weve got a lot of football ahead.As well as things have gone for the Patriots, the trade of defense stalwart Jamie Collins was a reminder to everyone -- Brady included -- that no one has infinite time in the Patriots locker room.You cant be around this long and not realize that the world will keep spinning and the sun will come up tomorrow without you, Brady said.The next two months will show whether Bill Belichicks trade of Collins was a huge mistake or a heeded message.New England is well on its way to an eighth consecutive AFC East title, holding a three-game lead over second-place Miami (4-4).The Houston Texans (5-3) are the only .500-or-better team in the AFC South, but they were throttled 27-9 in Brock Osweilers return to Denver.At least the South has a winning team. The Ravens and Steelers are tied atop the North at 4-4.Nothing epitomizes Pittsburghs paradoxical season as well as kicker Chris Boswells flubbed onside kick Sunday in the final minute of the Steelers 21-14 loss to Baltimore. Boswell attempted what in soccer is known as a rabona -- where the kicking leg is wrapped around the other leg before striking the ball. But Boswell kicked the ball right into his other foot.A lot of teams seem to be tripping over themselves in an attempt to keep up with Brady and the Patriots this season. Indeed, the only conference teams with winning records halfway through the schedule are the Patriots, Texans and the trio from the AFC West.And all the way at the bottom, 0-9 with few prospects for getting a victory, are the Cleveland Browns.Ive never been 0-and-9 before, so you better believe its the toughest challenge Ive ever had, Browns coach Hue Jackson said. 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Confidence is building at North Melbourne regarding Jarrad Waites fitness as the key forward ramps up his bid to return in week one of the AFL finals.Waite has played just two games since round 12 because of a troublesome hip injury.The 33-year-old underwent surgery last month in a bid to be cherry ripe for finals.Waite was one of Norths best players in a season-opening win over Adelaide and would boost their hopes of upsetting the Crows in next Saturdays elimination final at Adelaide Oval.The Kangaroos will learn more about Waites fitness at training next week but the early signs are positive.Jarrad is pretty confident that hell be right, North ruckman Todd Goldstein told AAP.If we really needed him to, I think he said he might have been able to get up last week.So thats a good sign.Speedster Jed Anderson also expected Waite would prove his fitness next week.Hes had a good rehab after some minor hip surgery. Hes preparing himself to play, Anderson said.The boys are excited that were getting some boys back.Key defender Scott Thompson is set to return from injury against the Crows, while Ben Jacobs and Sam Wright will be racing the clock to prove their fitness for the elimination final.Waites return looms as the most challenging selection call that coach Brad Scott must make.ddddddddddddIt is unlikely big forwards Waite, Drew Petrie, Ben Brown and Majak Daw will feature in the same forward line.Thats up to the match committee. Theyve got two weeks to make those decisions, Brown said.Wed love to have Jarrad back.Majak has come in and done some really good things for us ... whatever team we go in with, we know weve got good depth.Vice-captain Jack Ziebell noted the pre-finals bye had come at a good time for Waite and plenty of other players at North.Its worked in our favour, Ziebell said.It gives everyone a chance to freshen up. A couple of the guys were a little bit sore.Eighth-placed North are fully expected to exit the finals in week one, having won just three of their past 13 games.Ziebell pointed to their September form in recent years as cause for confidence.Playing pretty deep into the last couple of years will hold us in really good stead, Ziebell said.The last couple of weeks weve shown some pretty good signs, weve improved.A new season starts in September and we understand where were at and where we need to improve. ' ' '